Chattanooga Chamber Of Commerce Hosts BOOST Summit March 21

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce’s Enterprise/Gateway Council will host the fifth annual BOOST Summit on March 21 from 8 - 10 a.m. at Volkswagen Chattanooga’s Academy Conference Center, located at 7469 Volkswagen Dr.

The event, which began in 2009 as a one day town hall-style forum, promotes business and industry success by bringing companies and local experts together to discuss topics related to growth, business and workforce development.

The topic of this year’s BOOST Summit is “BOOST Into the Future:   Changing the Vision of Success.” The forum will feature a panel discussion exploring skills and qualities business leaders expect and the direction education must take to prepare students to become qualified members of the workforce.  Hamilton County Superintendent Rick Smith will provide opening remarks, and Garry Mac of Hospice of Chattanooga will serve as moderator.

The event will feature panelists from the education and business sectors.

Education panelists are:

Jamie Woodson, CEO of SCORE (State Collaborative on Reforming Education)

Tracey Carisch, Managing Director at STEM Innovation Hub

Robert Denn, Dean of School Relations & University Articulation, Chattanooga State Community College

Business panelists are:

Sheila Boyington, Owner and President of Thinking Media

Roger Layne, CEO of East Tech Company

Representative from Volkswagen Group of America, Chattanooga Operations

“We anticipate a lively, informative exchange of ideas for various career paths as well as what businesses expect from the workforce” said Tom Barringer, president of the Enterprise/Gateway Council. “We look forward to seeing the public take advantage of this opportunity to interface with local leaders, network with one another and learn about how we can work together to build an enterprising workforce in our community.”

Enterprise/Gateway Council meetings take place on the fourth Thursday of each month at 8 a.m. at Hospice of Chattanooga, 4411 Oakwood Dr. Admission is $10, and a light breakfast is provided.

For more information about the Enterprise Gateway Council, please contact Tom Barringer at 622-2200 or  tbarringer@hamiltonplasticsinc.com.


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